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A well-nourished population, one of the three Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) objectives, cannot be achieved without having all members of households and communities, including male decision-makers, engaged in better nutrition and hygiene practices.
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Latest survey results show that new HIV infections were nearly halved and HIV viral load suppression has doubled in Swaziland since 2011.
Since its inception in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has received strong bipartisan support in Congress and through administrations, including two reauthorizations with significant majorities. The United States is unquestionably the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Originally conceived as a compassionate effort to save the lives of those in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS with urgently needed treatment and care, PEPFAR is now also undertaking the challenge of actually controlling the pandemic.
This report shares the promising practices and lessons learned from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT)
Initiative. It was informed by a call for inputs, issued to more than 100 implementing partners in nine countries.
The report is for local, national, regional, and global stakeholders interested in the design, implementation, funding, and sustainability of HIV care and treatment for children. It can be used in the countries involved in ACT and beyond.
In the low light of a Zambian morning, children across the country go about their morning chores. Some fetch the day’s water for cooking and bathing. Some clean and prepare the house for the day. A few pack their bags, put on their shoes and make their way to school. For many, however, these chores are difficult because their eyesight has diminished, or they have become completely blind.
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Muketoi Wamunyima has an agricultural development career in Zambia that stretches from government through the ranks of the nongovernmental organization Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM Zambia). This professional experience, combined with his own insights and determination, led Wamunyima to start a coalition to improve food security and nutrition in Zambia.
UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa
Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009
What is ACT?
Launched at the 2014 U.S. African Leaders Summit, the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative is a two-year effort to double the number of children receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) in nine high-priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The $200 million initiative represents a joint investment by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.
Outside the Tanzanian city of Dodoma, the leaders of Chamwino Super Sembe Supply had ambitious goals: they wanted to expand operations, make their mill more profitable, and provide fortified flour to more customers. But translating that vision into reality was a challenge. Among other things, Chamwino lacked a business plan, making it impossible to chart the way forward or access the loans needed to expand and improve operations.
Entrepreneurial innovation can be a powerful source of ideas to address development challenges, and in Zambia, the Innovation Grants Program is engaging non-governmental partners to develop and implement innovative approaches that improve services for the poor.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy recently released its annual report covering research and activities progress over the past year. The overall goal of the FSP program is to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, improved nutritional outcomes, and enhanced livelihood resilience for men and women through improved policy environments. The goal will be achieved by fostering credible, inclusive, transparent and sustainable policy processes at country and regional levels and filling critical policy evidence gaps.
Matthew L. Bohn, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Administration & Finance
On a recent visit to Zambia, I had the opportunity to visit some of the neighborhoods in Lusaka that will benefit from MCC’s $355 million compact, and I was reminded once again of the tremendous impact MCC can have on people’s lives.
In Zambia, the majority of the population engages in subsistence farming. Working across several Feed the Future-funded projects, Peace Corps Volunteers are training Zambians in conservation and climate-smart agriculture techniques. Here are the stories of three volunteers who are working with local community members to increase food security and mitigate the adverse effects of nutrient mining, soil erosion and poor water management.
Establishing Demonstration Plots
DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.
The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.
The fight against malaria is making historic gains across sub-Saharan Africa. In countries where insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), improved diagnostic tests, and highly effective antimalarial drugs have been scaled up, mortality rates in children under five years of age have fallen markedly. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 2014 World Malaria Report, in Africa, between 2000 and 2013, the estimated number of malaria cases in all age groups decreased from 174 million to 163 million.
Disasters and shocks — natural or manmade — have the potential to throw poor and marginal populations into crisis and wipe away hard-earned development gains. These disasters and shocks are occurring with greater frequency and intensity, making it difficult to build resilient communities, particularly in countries facing severe socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the effects of climate change.